Marvel and ABC News have teamed up to present a true story of life in war-torn Syria.
The digital comic “Madaya Mom” builds on a previous profile of one family fighting to survive in the city of Madaya, using an anonymous mother’s account to tell one harrowing story among countless tragic tales in a city besieged both by opposition forces and those loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Communicating via text and phone, the mother relates her and her husband’s struggles to feed and protect their five children.
Written by reporters Xana Oneill and Rym Momtaz, with art by Dalibor Talajic and Miroslav Mrva, the comic is available now on ABC’s website and app.
“[The mother] agreed to speak with ABC because she wanted her story – and the story of her neighbors – to be known,” Dan Silver, digital executive producer for ABC News, said in a statement. “However, with no visuals coming out of Madaya, our team spent a considerable amount of time imagining the ways we could illustrate her powerful journey. With their storied history of innovative and emotional storytelling, we knew that our colleagues at Marvel would bring this story to life in a truly unique and expressive way.”
An introduction to the comic begins, “There is no way in or out of Madaya,” where the siege is now in its second year, adding for context that the city is now fully reliant on humanitarian aid but only five deliveries have arrived in the past 12 months. The comic itself details Madaya Mom’s challenges caring for her sick children, searching for firewood despite the threat of landmines and government snipers, and going hungry so that her children could enjoy even the most meager of meals.
Read “Madaya Mom” for free at ABC News.
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